Nokia's quarterly results are out today. Net sales were down 5% year-on-year to 12 billion Euro (£10.3 billion) but up 22% on the previous quarter. However, sales volumes were up to 126.9 million units – a 12% increase on Q4 2008 and a 17% increase on Q3 2009 – while profits were up substantially and average selling prices also increased slightly. The company says it now has a mobile device market share of 39%, up from an estimated 37% in Q4 2008 and 38% in Q3 2009.
A new report from the Mobile Data Association (MDA) has revealed the UK sent an average of 265 million text messages and 1.6 million picture messages every day last year. That's an annual total of 96.8 billion texts and over 600 million picture messages, with SMS messages showing 23% annual growth and MMS up 9%.
Almost 442 million texts and 4.5 million picture messages were sent on Christmas Day alone - and over 874 million texts were sent for the New Year.
China says its domestic mobile phone carriers can use an operating system developed by US technology giant Google.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told reporters in Beijing Wednesday there should be no restrictions on use of Google's Android system, as long as it conforms with the nation's rules and regulations and cooperates with the mobile phone carriers.
Google has threatened to withdraw from China because of censorship concerns and cyber attacks on its email accounts earlier this month.
The ministry spokesman denied any government involvement in online attacks against Google Monday.
Mark Bridge writes:
Today I've been using my mobile phone at home. For many people that’s not an unusual thing to do – but it is for me because, around here, coverage indoors isn’t particularly good. Downstairs it’s previously been non-existent. But this morning everything changed.